2024/25 Concacaf Nations League

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2024/25 Concacaf Nations League

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Concacaf confirms details for fourth edition of Concacaf Nations League

https://www.concacaf.com/nations-league ... ns-league/

Group Stage draw will take place on May 6 in Miami at 7:00 pm ET

Matches to begin in September 2024 and conclude with Finals in March 2025

Competition will serve as qualifier for 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup


Miami, FL – Concacaf has confirmed important details about the 2024/25 Concacaf Nations League. The fourth edition of the competition will continue to feature all 41 men's senior national teams in the region and will be played during the FIFA Match Windows of September, October, and November 2024. The Finals, where a new champion will be crowned, are scheduled for March 2025.

The competition’s official draw, which will determine the groups for all three leagues, will be conducted on Monday, May 6, in Miami, FL, at 7:00 pm ET. The made-for-tv live event will be widely available for fans across the region to follow and enjoy through the Confederation’s TV partner networks and YouTube channel. Fans can also follow live updates on Concacaf's Social Media platforms.


COMPETITION FORMAT

The Concacaf Nations League will continue to be played in a three-league format (A, B, and C), with the teams distributed into the Leagues according to the results of the preceding edition (2023/24).

League A: 16 teams (Group Stage and Quarterfinals)

League A includes 16 teams and a quarterfinal round. For Group Stage play, the 12 lowest-ranked League A national teams (based on the Concacaf Rankings) will be split into two groups of six teams each and play in a “Swiss style” league system, with each team playing a total of four games (two at home and two away).

After Group Stage play during the FIFA Match Windows of September and October, the first and second place finishers of each group (four teams in total) will advance to the Quarterfinals, where they will join the four top-ranked League A teams.

The Quarterfinals will be played in a home-and-away format, with the aggregate score winner in each matchup advancing to the Concacaf Nations League Finals.

League B: 16 teams (Group Stage)

League B will feature 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams. During the FIFA Match Windows of September, October, and November, each team will play every team in its group twice, for a total of six matches per team.

For each FIFA Match Window, matches in each group will be played at a centralized venue instead of the previous home-and-away format. This format change will alleviate some of the travel challenges that Member Associations face due to our region's unique geography and allow them to focus on delivering the best possible football.

The third-best-ranked teams in each group will host the September matches, the second-best-ranked teams will host the October matches, and the best-ranked teams will host the decisive November matches. If a team is unable to host matches, Concacaf will reserve the right to select a venue.

League C: 9 teams (Group Stage)

League C will include nine teams divided into three groups of three teams. During the FIFA Match Windows of September and October, each team will play every team in its group twice, for a total of four matches per team.

Similar to League B, matches in each group will be played at a centralized venue. The second-highest-ranked teams in each group will host the September matches, and the highest-ranked teams will host the October matches.

LEAGUES

The distribution of teams in Leagues A, B, and C has been determined based on the 2023/24 Concacaf Nations League Group Stage results, which include a promotion and relegation system.

League A (16 teams in alphabetical order): Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, French Guiana (promoted), Guadeloupe (promoted), Guatemala, Guyana (promoted), Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua (promoted), Panama, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

League B (16 teams in alphabetical order): Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba (promoted), Bermuda, Bonaire (promoted), Curacao (relegated), Dominica (promoted), Dominican Republic, El Salvador (relegated), Grenada (relegated), Haiti (relegated), Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (promoted), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Sint Maarten.

League C (9 teams in alphabetical order): Anguilla, Bahamas (relegated), Barbados (relegated), Belize (relegated), British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis (relegated), Turks and Caicos Islands, and the US Virgin Islands.

PROMOTION AND RELEGATION

Promotion and relegation between Leagues will take place at the conclusion of the competition, as follows:

League A: Fifth and sixth-place finishers will be relegated to League B.
League B: Group winners will be promoted to League A and fourth-place finishers will be relegated to League C.
League C: Group winners and the best second-place finisher will be promoted to League B.

SCHEDULE

The 2024/25 Concacaf Nations League will be played during the FIFA Match Windows of September, October, and November 2024. For League A, the Quarterfinals will occur in November 2024.

The Concacaf Nations League Finals, where the competition’s fourth champion will be crowned, will take place in March 2025 at a venue to be announced.

Group Stage: September 2-10, October 7-15, and November 11-19, 2024
Quarterfinals: November 11-19, 2024
Semifinals: March 20, 2025
Final and Third Place Match: March 23, 2025

OFFICIAL DRAW

On Monday, May 6, Concacaf will conduct the Group Stage draw. The draw involves six pots for League A, four for League B, and three for League C. The teams participating in the Group Stage have been allocated in a pot based on the Concacaf Rankings as of March 31, 2024.

The pots for each League are as follows (listed in ranking order per pot):

League A

Pre-Seeded in the Quarterfinals: Mexico, United States, Panama, and Canada
Pot 1: Jamaica and Costa Rica
Pot 2: Honduras and Guatemala
Pot 3: Trinidad and Tobago and Martinique
Pot 4: Cuba and Guadeloupe
Pot 5: Nicaragua and Suriname
Pot 6: French Guiana and Guyana

League B

Pot 1: Haiti, El Salvador, Curacao, and Dominican Republic
Pot 2: Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Montserrat, and Saint Lucia
Pot 3: Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, and Aruba
Pot 4: Dominica, Bonaire, Saint Martin, and Sint Maarten

League C

Pot 1: Saint Kitts and Nevis, Belize, and Barbados
Pot 2: Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands
Pot 3: British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, and Anguilla

The draw will be executed using a single-blind system and one league at a time. Starting with League C, the first team from Pot 1 will be drawn and assigned to Group A, position A1, followed by the second team in Group B, position B1, and the third team in Group C, position C1. The same process will be followed for the remaining League C Pots and Leagues B and A, using the predetermined number of groups and pots for each League. At the end of the draw, each group will contain no more than one team from each pot.

2025 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

As previously announced, the 2024/25 Concacaf Nations League will serve as the qualifiers for next summer’s 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup. Concacaf will announce the exact qualifying criteria at a later date.

Concacaf Rankings: https://www.concacaf.com/rankings/men-s-national-team/

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Post by amenina »

@Ed I think you asked this before, so from the latest information, it appears that the 2023/24 CNL League B Group D match between Bahamas and Guyana, which was postponed due to weather, has been cancelled altogether without being rearranged. As a result, Bahamas were relegated to League C.

Had the match taken place, and Bahamas got a win, they would have a chance to overtake Antigua and Barbuda and avoid relegation, so I am not sure why CONCACAF decided to not play this match at all. Surely Bahamas were not at fault for the postponement of the match. Perhaps because they could not find a date to play the match (Guyana played in the FIFA Series in March), or possibly since the original match would have taken place in the Dominican Republic instead of Bahamas, so to rearrange it may come at a financial cost towards the associations. And relegation is certainly not the end of the world for Bahamas, or even better since they now stand a chance of winning a League C group and qualifying for Gold Cup play-offs if such path is offered.

Or maybe CONCACAF is just lazy and does not care at all. :degsmile:
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Yeah, who knows. You mention a lot of valid reasons to cancel this match, but I wouldn't be surprised if your last reason was crucial :)

Anyway, the scheduled match seems vanished into oblivion, without so much as a 'how do you do?'.
It remains to be seen if this cancelled match will have any repercussions on the (next) FIFA ranking. I don't expect it.

Thanks for all the info :up:
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As @perica mentioned, the League B and C matches will be played at centralized venues to save travel costs and time.
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Draw live (May 6, in Miami, FL, at 7:00 pm ET): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_bgZAMEp3c

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Draw results, League A

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Draw results, League B

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Draw results, League C

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Draw delivers groups for fourth edition of Concacaf Nations League

https://www.concacaf.com/nations-league ... ns-league/

2024/25 Concacaf Nations League will be played during FIFA Match Windows of September, October and November 2024, and March 2025

Competition will serve as qualifier for 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup

Miami, FL – Concacaf has conducted the official draw for the 2024/25 Concacaf Nations League Group Stage. Sports anchors Adriana Monsalve and Debbie Bissoon hosted the live TV event in Miami, FL, which also included Concacaf General Secretary Philippe Moggio and former players Carlos Pavon (Honduras) and Jan-Michael Williams (Trinidad and Tobago).

The fourth edition of the Concacaf Nations League will feature the Confederation’s 41 men's senior national teams and will be played during the FIFA Match Windows of September, October, and November 2024. The Finals, where a new champion will be crowned, are scheduled for March 2025.

The competition will continue to be played in a three-league format (A, B, and C), with the teams distributed into the Leagues according to the results of the preceding edition (2023/24).

LEAGUE A: 16 TEAMS (GROUP STAGE AND QUARTERFINALS)

League A includes 16 teams and a Quarterfinal round. For Group Stage play, the 12 lowest-ranked League A national teams (based on the Concacaf Rankings) have been split into two groups of six teams each and will play in a “Swiss style” league system, with each team playing a total of four games (two at home and two away). The groups were drawn and are as follows:

Group A: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Suriname, and Guyana
Group B: Jamaica, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Nicaragua, and French Guiana

After Group Stage play in September and October 2024, the first and second-place finishers of each group (four teams in total) will advance to the Quarterfinals, where they will join the four top-ranked League A teams (Mexico, United States, Panama, and Canada). The pairings for the Quarterfinals will be determined as follows:

QF1: Fourth-ranked seeded team (Canada) vs Best first place (1A/1B)
QF2: Third-ranked seeded team (Panama) vs Next first place (1A/1B)
QF3: Second-ranked seeded team (United States) vs Best second place (2A/2B)
QF4: Best-ranked seeded team (Mexico) vs Next second place (2A/2B)

The Quarterfinals will be played in a home-and-away format, with the aggregate score winner in each matchup advancing to the 2025 Concacaf Nations League Finals.

LEAGUE B: 16 TEAMS (GROUP STAGE)

League B features 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams. During the FIFA Match Windows of September, October, and November, each team will play every team in its group twice, for a total of six matches per team. The groups were drawn and are as follows:

Group A: El Salvador, Montserrat, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Bonaire
Group B: Curacao, Saint Lucia, Grenada, and Saint Martin
Group C: Haiti, Puerto Rico, Aruba, and Sint Maarten
Group D: Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica

For each FIFA Match Window, matches in each group will be played at a centralized venue instead of the previous home-and-away format. This format change will alleviate some of the travel challenges that Member Associations face due to our region's unique geography and allow them to focus on delivering the best possible football.

The third-best-ranked teams in each group will host the September matches, the second-best-ranked teams will host the October matches, and the best-ranked teams will host the decisive November matches. If a team is unable to host matches, Concacaf will reserve the right to select a venue.

LEAGUE C: 9 TEAMS (GROUP STAGE)

League C includes nine teams divided into three groups of three teams. During the FIFA Match Windows of September and October, each team will play every team in its group twice, for a total of four matches per team. The groups were drawn and are as follows:

Group A: Barbados, Bahamas, and US Virgin Islands
Group B: Belize, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Anguilla
Group C: Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, and British Virgin Islands

Similar to League B, matches in each group will be played at a centralized venue. The second-highest-ranked teams in each group will host the September matches, and the highest-ranked teams will host the October matches.

PROMOTION AND RELEGATION

Promotion and relegation between Leagues will take place at the conclusion of the competition, as follows:
League A: Fifth and sixth-place finishers will be relegated to League B.
League B: Group winners will be promoted to League A, and fourth-place finishers will be relegated to League C.
League C: Group winners and the best second-place finisher will be promoted to League B.
SCHEDULE

The 2024/25 Concacaf Nations League will be played during the September, October, and November 2024 FIFA Match Windows. For League A, the Quarterfinals will occur in November 2024.

The Concacaf Nations League Finals, where the competition’s fourth champion will be crowned, will take place in March 2025 at a venue to be announced.

Group Stage: September 2-10, October 7-15, and November 11-19, 2024
Quarterfinals: November 11-19, 2024
Semifinals: March 20, 2025
Final and Third Place Match: March 23, 2025

2025 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

As previously announced, the 2024/25 Concacaf Nations League will serve as the qualifiers for next summer’s 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup.

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Regulations: https://stconcacafwp001.blob.core.windo ... ns-eng.pdf

12.7. After group stage play, the Participating Member Associations will quality to the 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup and the 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup Prelims are follows:
• The third and fourth placed teams from League A will advance to the 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup Prelims
• The first-place finishers from League B will advance to the 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup,
• The best two (2) second place finishers from League B will advance to the 2025 Gold Cup Prelims.

12.9. After the Group Stage, the first and second-place finishers from League A will advance to the Concacaf Nations League A Quarterfinals, where they will join the four (4) top-ranked League A national teams (based on the Concacaf rankings at the end of the FIFA International Window of March 2024). The Concacaf Nations League A quarterfinals will be played in a home-and-away format, with the aggregated score winners in each quarterfinal advancing to the Concacaf Nations League Finals and the 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup and the runners-ups will advance to the 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup Prelims.

12.11. After the Group Stage, the fifth and sixth place finishers from League A will advance to the Concacaf Nations League A Play-In, where they will join the three (3) group winners and the best 2nd team from League C (based on their results during the group stage and using the same tie-break criteria as the group stage). The Concacaf Nations League Play-In will be played in a home-and-away format, with the aggregated score winners in each play-in advancing to the 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup Prelims.

12.12. The four (4) teams that advance from the Group Stage to the Play-In will be ranked based on their performance in the Group Stage, and distributed in the Play-In as follows:
• Play-In 1: Best 5th Place (League A) vs Best 2nd Place (League C)
• Play-In 2: Next 5th Place (League A) vs Best 3rd Group Winner (League C)
• Play-In 3: Best 6th Place (League A) vs Best 2nd Group Winner (League C)
• Play-In 4: Next 6th Place (League A) vs Best 1st Group Winner (League C)
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@perica So according to the CNL regulations, we already know how the qualification for 2025 Gold Cup will work.

League A
Teams which reach CNL finals (4 teams) -> Qualify directly for Gold Cup
Teams which lose in quarter-finals (4 teams) -> Gold Cup Prelims
Teams which finish 3rd and 4th in group stage (4 teams) -> Gold Cup Prelims
Teams which finish 5th and 6th in group stage (4 teams) -> Play-in

League B
Teams which finish 1st in group stage (4 teams) -> Qualify directly for Gold Cup
Best 2 teams which finish 2nd in group stage (2 teams) -> Gold Cup Prelims

League C
Teams which finish 1st in group stage and best runner-up (4 teams) -> Play-in

So 8 teams will qualify directly for Gold Cup (4 League A teams which reach CNL finals + 4 League B teams which finish 1st in group stage).

And 14 teams will play in Gold Cup Prelims (4 League A teams which lose in quarter-finals + 4 League A teams which finish 3rd and 4th in group stage + Best 2 League B teams which finish 2nd in group stage + 4 Play-in winners)

I suppose that means those 14 teams in Gold Cup Prelims will be drawn into 7 ties, so 7 winners will qualify for Gold Cup.

Assuming the Gold Cup is 16 teams, that leaves 1 spot most likely for an invited team.
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Being in League B could be easier to qualify for Gold Cup than in League A for some teams
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I'd be interested in the fixtures. Will they follow that stupid system from last time in League A? For League B, I think the fairest way would be for the window host to play the other two teams that would host, in all three windows. That way, those three each play each other home and away, while team four has six neutral matches and so is not disadvantaged by not being able to host.
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amenina wrote: Tue May 07, 2024 03:43 @perica So according to the CNL regulations, we already know how the qualification for 2025 Gold Cup will work.

League A
Teams which reach CNL finals (4 teams) -> Qualify directly for Gold Cup
Teams which lose in quarter-finals (4 teams) -> Gold Cup Prelims
Teams which finish 3rd and 4th in group stage (4 teams) -> Gold Cup Prelims
Teams which finish 3rd and 4th in group stage (4 teams) -> Play-in

League B
Teams which finish 1st in group stage (4 teams) -> Qualify directly for Gold Cup
Best 2 teams which finish 2nd in group stage (2 teams) -> Gold Cup Prelims

League C
Teams which finish 1st in group stage and best runner-up (4 teams) -> Play-in

So 8 teams will qualify directly for Gold Cup (4 League A teams which reach CNL finals + 4 League B teams which finish 1st in group stage).

And 14 teams will play in Gold Cup Prelims (4 League A teams which lose in quarter-finals + 4 League A teams which finish 3rd and 4th in group stage + Best 2 League B teams which finish 2nd in group stage + 4 Play-in winners)

I suppose that means those 14 teams in Gold Cup Prelims will be drawn into 7 ties, so 7 winners will qualify for Gold Cup.

Assuming the Gold Cup is 16 teams, that leaves 1 spot most likely for an invited team.
I think you probably meant 5th and 6th.
I don't know why do they insist on invitation team again. Qatar was two years ago...
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Or maybe that spot is reserved for a host team, since it is not unclear will they qualify directly
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